The Department is organized in 10 divisions: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Surgery, Neuropediatrics, Pediatric Oncology, Neonatology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Neuropsychiatry (KIND), Reproductive and Perinatal Health. The divisions have separate scientific profiles and vary in size and have several research groups, dealing with both basic and clinical science.

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?
To be a doctoral student means to devote oneself to a research project under supervision of experienced researchers and following an individual study plan. For a doctoral degree, the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education is required.

The research group
The division of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducts research mainly in three research fields: reproductive medicine, reproductive endocrinology and metabolism and gynaecological cancer. The research is both experimental and clinical. The division is also involved in educational activities for medical-, midwifery- and research students. The doctoral student will be part of Kristina Gemzell Danielsson’s research group that is based at the WHO collaborating center for Research and Research Training in Human Reproduction. The research is translational and organized in three subgroups/areas: experimental research, clinical trials and global reproductive health. The main vision is to improve the management and access to sexual and reproductive health in a global perspective and translate the research into clinical praxis and policy.

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student
The PhD student is expected to pursue a translational PhD including studies related to assisted reproduction and early embryo development. The PhD project is intended for a medical doctor and can be partly combined with clinical work; thus, a clinical background is required. The project will mainly be performed in our wet lab at Bioclinicum. The PhD student will practice a number of experimental research techniques in our wet lab, coordinate clinical sample collection, perform in-depth bioinformatics analysis and gain a strong theoretical knowledgebase in assisted reproductive technologies and early embryo development. Next-generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics are the main methods utilized in the project.  The project involves several international collaborations in Hong Kong and Europe which the student will have close contact with and visit during the PhD period.

Main supervisor: Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Professor, Department of Women’s and Childrens’ health, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor: Nageswara Rao Bogavarapu, Post doc, Department of Women’s and Childrens’ health, Karolinska Institutet.

Time period: 4 years’ full-time studies.

What do we offer?
A creative and inspiring environment full of expertise and curiosity. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. As a doctoral student you are offered an individual research project, a well-educated supervisor, a vast range of elective courses and the opportunity to work in a leading research group. Karolinska Institutet collaborates with prominent universities from all around the world, which ensures opportunities for international exchanges. You will be employed on a doctoral studentship which means that you receive a contractual salary. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.

Eligibility requirements for doctoral education
In order to participate in the selection for a doctoral position, you must meet the following general (A) and specific (B) eligibility requirements at latest by the application deadline.

It is your responsibility to certify eligibility by following the instructions on the web page Entry requirements (eligibility) for doctoral education.

A) General eligibility requirement
You meet the general eligibility requirement for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education if you:

  1. have been awarded a second-cycle/advanced/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or
  2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the advanced/second-cycle/master level, or
  3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.*

Follow the instructions on the web page Entry requirements (eligibility) for doctoral education.

*If you claim equivalent knowledge, follow the instructions on the web page Assessing equivalent knowledge for general eligibility for doctoral education.

B) Specific eligibility requirement

You meet the specific eligibility requirement for doctoral/third-cycle/PhD education if you:

- Show proficiency in English equivalent to the course English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school.

Follow the instructions on the web page English language requirements for doctoral education.

Verification of your documents
Karolinska Institutet checks the authenticity of your documents. Karolinska Institutet reserves the right to revoke admission if supporting documents are discovered to be fraudulent. Submission of false documents is a violation of Swedish law and is considered grounds for legal action.

Skills and personal qualities
We are looking for an enthusiastic, curiosity-driven and highly motivated PhD student that is used to work independently and is eager to solve problems.  

To be able to pursue the PhD project, that is both clinical and experimental in its nature, a medical degree as well as some experience of wet-lab research are required.

It is desirable that the candidate has experience of working clinically in Obstetrics/Gynaecology. We also see it as strong merit if the candidate has previous knowledge in the area of reproductive medicine and has previous experience of research exchange periods abroad. Since our research team is multidisciplinary and the project involves several national and international collaborations, it is also necessary with a strong ability to collaborate, good communication skills and a proficiency in spoken and written English. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

Terms and conditions
The doctoral student will be employed on a doctoral studentship maximum 4 years full-time.

Application process
Submit your application and supporting documents through the Varbi recruitment system. Use the button in the top right corner and follow the instructions.

Your application should contain the following documents:

  • A personal letter and a curriculum vitae (Swedish or English)
  • Degree projects and previous publications, if any (Swedish or English) 
  • Any other documentation showing the desirable skills and personal qualities described above (Swedish or English)
  • Documents certifying your general eligibility (see A above)
  • Documents certifying your specific eligibility (see B above) Selection A selection will be made among eligible applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from doctoral education. The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis. KI uses the following bases of assessment:
  • Documented subject knowledge of relevance to the area of research
  • Analytical skill
  • Other documented knowledge or experience that may be relevant to doctoral studies in the subject.

Selection
A selection will be made among eligible applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from doctoral education. The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.

Karolinska Institutet uses the following bases of assessment:

- Documented subject knowledge of relevance to the area of research
- Analytical skill
- Other documented knowledge or experience that may be relevant to doctoral studies in the subject.

 All applicants will be informed when the recruitment is completed.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Pursuant to the regulations of the Swedish National Archives, applications are kept on file for two years after the appointment has gained legal force. The regulations do not apply to attachments that have been printed or otherwise published.

Karolinska Institutet strives to provide a workplace that has approximately the same number of women and men, is free of discrimination and offers equal opportunity to everyone. For temp agencies and recruiters, and to salespersons: We politely, yet firmly, decline direct contact with temp agencies and recruiters, as well as those selling additional job announcements.

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Type of employment Doktorandplats
Contract type Full time
Reference number 2-5931/2019
Contact
  • Nageswara Rao Boggavarapu, Postdoktor, nageswara.boggavarapu@ki.se
  • Sandra Vieru, Personaladministratör, 08-524 823 84
  • Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Professor, kristina.gemzell@ki.se
Union representative
  • Bodil Moberg , OFR, 08-524 836 01
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • John Inge Johnsen , SACO, 08-517 775 15
Published 02.Dec.2019
Last application date 12.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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